ACT or SAT: Which one should you take?
Many students look at this picture and immediately feel uncomfortable. It brings back memories of standardized tests and feeling of anxiety. Teachers have impressed on students how important it is to do well.
Using practice tests and taking the preliminary tests will help you feel relaxed. Take enough practice tests and you will feel relaxes and confident on the actual exams.
A Comparison of the two College Entrance Exams
. American College Testing Scholastic Aptitude Test
Where Most Common? Middle US States East and West Coast States
Best for College? Most colleges now accept either test.
Preliminary grades 10-11 PLAN PSAT
Time of Test 2 hours 55 min + 30 3 hours 55 minutes
Covered in both tests Reading, Math, Grammar, (writing)
Content Science (reading) Vocabulary/Math Reasoning
. Knowledge of content Logical Thinking
. Achievement Test Aptitude Test
Who does best? Overachievers Bright Underachievers
Number of Questions 215 questions (+ writing) 140 questions + writing
Guessing No penalty Guessing Penalty
Essay Optional – done last Required – done first
Other Scores predict college degree Also subject tests offered
This comparison may help some students decide which one to take. In most cases, students who score well on one, also score well on the other. You can do practice tests for both tests, and take both the PLAN and PSAT and then decide which one to take, or to take both.
Practice for both tests will help you improve skills and should help you improve grades.
Notice that this is an example of a Compare and Contrast chart.